Underway again...finally #6: College Football Day freebie haul

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Blog entry by JohnTM posted 11-04-2017 06:48 PM 1454 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Today being college football day and the area experiencing record setting heat for November as well as early morning fog making humidity uncharacteristically uncomfortable outside between 7-and-11 this morning, I don’t plan to do any work on the workbench today. Instead, I took a ride out to my “favorite”/go-to free pallet place and picked up some goodies – even made 2 runs as the Prius can only hold so much.

I got plywood! 3 sheets somewhere between 3’x6’ and (just under)4’x8’ (I know, I should measure so I can report accurately, but I didn’t) – and making THAT fit into the Prius is a trick, let me tell you. The driver’s seat was so far forward that I had to turn sideways to get my right leg under and past the steering wheel and then both knees were hitting the dashboard on the 32 mile ride home.

On the way back home, I was pulled over twice by the local PD and a State Trooper as I’d had to tie the hatchback door down because the pieces were just an inch too long to close it. The “Statie” was interested and wanted to talk about what I was doing with it while the local Barney Fife guy just needed to justify his job/take it out on someone because he was working on Saturday morning. Initially he not only wanted to give me a ticket, he wanted to make me leave the car on the side of the road and come back for it – but that would have meant unloading the wood in order to secure the car while it was left. I insisted he call a supervisor; when that guy showed up, he all but “Jap-slapped” Barney and started to say “just give him a warning and be done with it” when I asked both to tell me under which statute, regulation, whatever they were going to cite me. I told them I was asking so that I could tell my nephew the ADA about “how well they were clogging up his prosecutorial docket”. Cough, cough, cough. (Nephew’s been dead for 20 years but they didn’t need to know that.) I also mentioned I’d been stopped and checked by the Statie and gave them his name. A couple more hems and haws and they finally let me go.

If you look carefully, you can probably see I got 4×4’s 1×6’s, 1×8’s, 2×6’s and 2×8’s and it’s all mostly in B+/A- condition (on MY personal grading scale). The plywood is probably B or B-. Oh, and there are some lengths of 1×2’s that I guess are called/canbeused_as “furring strips” (correct terminology?). I expect it’ll take me 2-3 hours to de-nail it all, possibly more.

Irealize that it may seem kinda silly and almost childish (at least for a 61-y.o.) to get semi-excited about “scoring a haul” like this. But, there it is. My life has so little real excitement in it that I try to take advantage of each little positive I can. I like “Freebies” and only wish I’d known so much could be had so easily and so often years ago.

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#1 posted 11-05-2017 07:59 AM

Way to go John,
I am 66 and excited too!

Check out this find.

Good health !!

-- Regards Rob

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#2 posted 11-06-2017 12:51 AM

Small update today…Quite a few of those B+/A- condition piece turned into C+/B- pieces while and after dismantling and de-nailing. In most cases, some of the “defects”/ugliness was hidden/not obvious while the pallets were still together. In other cases, the dismantling caused damage – I need to get better at taking them apart without causing damage. Still, 99% of it remains more than usable for interior/structural purposes if not exterior (damn that looks pretty) purposes. Then again, I’m not going to be making fine furniture in the foreseeable future so looks are a relatively minor concern. (I just don’t want things to look obviously “kludged”.

Aside, yesterday, LSU got blown out by ‘Bama… (crying big time despite that outcome being expected…) Today, the Saints, on the other hand, won handily. So, this weekend was better than a 50-50 draw outcome wise after adding in the pallet wood haul results.

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#3 posted 11-06-2017 01:44 AM

Fine furniture is over rated anyway, its a limited market as most people with the loot to buy dont have kids any more. The market of fuctionality and reasonable cost usually pitched to young families starting out expect and accept gear will get knocked about as it is used.

-- Regards Rob

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